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2013 Ho’okipa week at KCC

KCC culinary students have had a busy week as they prepare for the their annual gala fundraiser

Posted March 8, 2013 by Ed Morita

Culinary students at Kapiolani Community College have had a busy week preparing for their annual Ho’okipa gala fundraiser, which takes place tonight at Royal Hawaiial Hotel.

Ho’okipa week kicked off Monday with a cooking demo by KCC alumnae Bobby Sohns, currently Assistant Pastry Chef at the Bellagio Casino and Hotel in Las Vegas.

During his demo, Sohns gave a glimpse into the inner workings of the Bellagio bake shop by sharing recipes for some of the hotel’s bite-sized treats like French macarons and pate de fruits (jam candies). He then stayed the rest of the week to work with the advanced party class as they prep for tonight’s big fundraiser.

Here’s a look at Sohns’s demo and the student’s preparations in the kitchen.

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Chef Bobby Sohns cooking demo

Ho'okipa week started on Monday with a cooking demo by Culinary program alumnae Chef Bobby Sohns of the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas.

Photo by Ed Morita


Ho’okipa week continued Thursday morning with Pamela Young’s annual Mixed Plate cook-off, where culinary students competed to create a two-course meal using this year’s theme ingredient, Ho Farms tomatoes.

Four students participated this year, presenting some creative tomato-themed dishes. Their work was judged by Todd Oldham of Kahala Hotel & Resort, Shin Ho of Ho Farms and former Mixed Plate cook-off winner Chef Robin Lee of Nobu.

The winner of the cook-off will be announced during tonight’s Ho’okipa.

Here’s what they made.

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Mixed Plate cook off

Aya Hori getting her plates ready.

Photo by Ed Morita


About Ed Morita

Ed Morita spent more than a decade working as a pastry chef at some of the country's premiere resorts and restaurants, including the Halekulani Hotel, The Greenbrier Resort & Spa in West Virginia, Bay Harbor Yacht Club in Michigan and Longhi’s Restaurant in Honolulu. After a near-career-ending injury forced him out of the kitchen, he embarked on a new career as a food writer, photographer and blogger for Metromix Honolulu and Nonstop Honolulu (, where he now writes the Baker's Hours blog. He's also entered the realm of politics, serving as the photography captain for the Abercrombie for Governor campaign in 2010, then becoming Gov. Abercrombie's official photographer until 2012 when he became the Social Media Director for the Mazie Hirono for U.S. Senate campaign. He's excited and honored to be the official blogger for the 2012 Hawaii Food & Wine Festival. You can follow Ed's adventures online at

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